Bite-sized bosses take over at Mereside Primary School

Children at a Mereside primary school got their first taste of the working world that awaits them when they’re all grown up.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Pupils at Mereside Primary swap roles with teachers for a day. Chelsie Norbury and Heaven Crane with catering assistant Aimee Loveday.

Year 6 children at Mereside Primary School, on Langdale Road, took part in a ‘take-over day’ on Monday, where they learned about work and business.

The day began with the youngsters carrying out vigorous research into jobs within the school and choosing one to apply for.

After writing their application letters, they were then invited to a formal interview with members of staff.

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Rose Richardson as headteacher.

After their appointments, children prepared for their new jobs by creating their own lesson plans.

Head teacher Samantha Upton, who conducted interviews for the ‘senior leadership team’ positions, said: “The children were extremely professional and answered their interview questions so passionately. This is a great opportunity to develop their skills away from their own classroom and involve the whole school in their learning. I would be happy to offer any of them a job.”

By teaching children about the working world, the school hoped to inspire them to set their aspirations high.

Teacher Jen Macdonald said: “By giving the children the chance to experience taking on every varied role in school including head teacher, kitchen chef, site supervisor, behaviour mentor and business manager, we have given them an insight into the possibilities that are out there. This day is just one part of a large unit for the whole Year 5 and 6 phase.”

The topic, which will continue for the half term, will end with a careers fair, where local people from a range of industries have volunteered to share their experiences - and give youngsters an idea or two about the jobs they want to do.

Tony Nicholson, CEO of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust added: “This initiative is certainly helping our students to gain an insight into the demands of the world of work across a wide range of school-based roles.”